Susan Carter Lee is one of the most sought after portrait artists
in America today. She is known for creating beautiful paintings
that capture the person's true spirit as well as their perfect likeness.
Her knowledge of color, composition, and classical painting techniques
makes her paintings not only beautiful portraits, but also lasting
works of art.
Working closely with her clients, the artist makes color notes,
extensive photographs, and detailed sketches for her clients' approval
before she begins to paint the portrait. Susan's love of people,
her high artistic standards, and professional commitment to each
portrait combine to make the creative process an enjoyable and memorable
experience for all involved.
Susan Carter Lee has been a professional portrait artist for over
twenty-five years, and her portraits hang in hundreds of corporate
and private collections throughout the United States. She has painted
University Deans, CEO's, family groups, and individuals of all ages.
She has a special affinity for painting children, and is widely
recognized for her ability to capture the beauty and innocence of
From the time she was a small child, Susan knew she wanted to be
an artist. She began her formal art studies in Virginia, at Sullins
College, where she received the Freshman Art Award; and she graduated
from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in Drawing and Painting. She completed post graduate work in Art
Education and taught elementary school art in Atlanta.
A turning point came for the artist while traveling in Europe,
where she studied the works of the old Masters. The paintings of
Sargent, Velasquez, Sorolla, and Cassatt were among many that deeply
influenced her, and contributed to her determination to set the
highest standards in her own artistic work. " Velasquez's portraits
in the Prado stopped me in my tracks. The paintings were hundreds
of years old, but the people seemed so full of life. I knew that
I wanted to learn to create art that could bring so much life to
Susan's search to learn classical portrait methods led her to additional
study at the Art Student's League of New York, and to workshops
and seminars taught by contemporary leaders in traditional portraiture.
Susan appreciates the instruction and encouragement she received
from such master artists as the late Coby Whitmore, Joe Bowler,
Everett Raymond Kinstler, John Howard Sanden, Dale Kennington, Nelson
Shanks, David Leffel, and Richard Whitney.Today, when her painting
schedule permits, Susan enjoys teaching portrait workshops. She
feels grateful to the many artists who have shared their knowledge
with her, and believes that teaching others is a natural way of
giving back. Susan is a member of The Portrait Society of America,
The Classical Realism Society, the Portrait Institute of New York,
and Member of Merit of The Atlanta Portrait Society.
"Creating a work of art that brings joy to others is a great
blessing. Through portraiture, I've been fortunate to meet some
extraordinary people, and I've never had a client or a subject I
didn't like. I'm grateful to God for my life as an artist, and for
the wonderful people He has brought into my life through the love
of art." Susan Carter Lee